In the fall of 2019 my collaborators and I began the work to develop Win to be presented at the 34th Performance Mix festival. This work is currently on hold while certainly informing so many of the choices we make as we begin again as a virtual company.
Let Them Eat Cake offers a true life examination of the moment pressed up between an old world and a new, a perfectly ordinary and incredibly unique moment. The artists are home. They are cooking and sleeping and struggling and not struggling and washing up and getting dressed and staying in sweats and all those things that are perfectly ordinary and perfectly incredible. They are angry and bored and wanting to fight and resist and also just watching bad TV. Let Them Eat Cake is a response to what we, as body and space based artists, are being asked, “What are you doing now?”
Dorothy Cherry was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. She currently freelances in New York City and Boston, MA and teaches full-time.
Dana Clark lives in Keene NH, working in an academic library, and spends all his spare time on reggae, bird watching, and working on various art projects, primarily focusing on audio and photography. I enjoy exploring the evocative nature of music and audio as well as ephemeral and informal vocabularies we casually pick up as we live. My audio projects can be found on Soundcloud as d4n4: https://soundcloud.com/d4n4
Abbie Leigh Hixson I have spent my entire life dancing. It has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I have always loved the creative and expressive freedom that comes with dance. In 2014 while working on my degree in dance performance and choreography at Keene State College I had the pleasure of working with Cynthia McLaughlin & Co. for the first time. Since then, I have continued to work alongside Cynthia and many other amazing artists who have inspired me greatly.
Riley Anne Lynch is a dancer, choreographer, musician, actress and multi-media artist. She has been working and creating in the New England area for over 14 years and is inspired by the wilderness and good humored people who surround her. She is so grateful to be a part of Cynthia McLaughlin’s work. She lives in New Hampshire with her Husband and two beautiful children.
Cynthia McLaughlin makes art, brings people together and wonders about the world. She directs and teaches in the dance program at Keene State College and lives in Colrain MA with her family. CynthiaMcLaughlin.com
Sultan Thahir Sultan is a filmmaker and educator.
Falling, created in collaboration with Joanna Chattman, asks if a performance can exist within an image. Curious about the space between the moment we decide to act and the action itself, Mclaughlin investigates themes of risk, startling, impact and surrender. Three generations of women explore the way that Falling presses us up against the truth of ourselves.
Falling was originally presented as a public installation, projected on the sides of historic buildings in downtown Greenfield MA, and was supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The following is an excerpt of the original series.
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